Sunday, November 30, 2008

Food genetics

It seems that the recent food crisis has given the movement for GM food and biotechnology movement a push. I wonder what Raj Patel will think

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Genetics shake up

It seems that Obama is proposing a shake up of genetic legislation in the United States.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Babies denied tests

Some babies are been denied genetic tests due to a patent. This is one of the dangers that people were warning about to do with gene patenting.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Climb forums

They are mainly about metabolic diseases in children. Metabolic diseases tend to be rare genetic disorders.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Very rare genetic disorder

This girl suffers from a extremely rare genetic disorder. It is so rare it has not been named.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PME diseases

I don't normally post full stories but this is an exception. This maybe a genetics links and comments blog but I can also post stories if I can't find the orginal link.

From the Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News website:


Nov 18 2008, 11:37 AM EST

New Gene Found to Be *****ociated with Epilepsy
GEN News Highlights

An international research team led by the University of Iowa has found a new gene connected to epilepsy. While the PRICKLE1 gene mutation is specific to a rare form of epilepsy, the study results were surprising not only because PRICKLE1 had never been *****ociated with epilepsy but also because the gene was not *****ociated with any other human disease.

The nine families involved in the study all lived in the Middle East and came from one of three family lines. Of the 47 individuals in the three family lines, 23 had a form of progressive myoclonus epilepsy accompanied by ataxia.

One family line had been extensively described by a University of Iowa adjunct professor of pediatrics. Two other family lines had been researched by a doctor at the University of Melbourne in Australia. By sharing and analyzing data sets, the investigators realized there was a common mutation in the PRICKLE1 gene in the family members with this form of epilepsy.

To verify that the mutation might be related to epilepsy, the team next tested it in an animal model. The group used zebrafish after realizing that another University of Iowa researcher had previously identified the PRICKLE1 gene in the fish species. The collaboration revealed that the mutated PRICKLE1 gene indeed does not behave normally in zebrafish.

The team is now developing other animal models to investigate how PRICKLE1 gene is involved in epilepsy, and investigating whether PRICKLE1 mutations are also involved in the general population of patients with epilepsy.

The paper appears in the November issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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Mom to Jason. Jason has brain lesions that are the focus for his complex partial seizures, polycystic kidney disease and hypertension, all caused by Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Jason is developmentally disabled and has Aspergers Syndrome. TSC is one of the leading genetic causes of seizures and autism

Monday, November 24, 2008

Baywatch genetics

A actress who appeared in Baywatch has a genetic disorder.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kangaroo DNA

This is an interesting article on the genetic makeup of Kangaroo's. It is amazing how much they have in common with humans.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Woolly

Here is another story about the genetics of the Woolly Mammoth. This time from the FT.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Birth genetics

It seems that some male birth defects maybe caused by genetics. It is logical as we know more and more about genetics.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Woolly genetics

This is a interesting story about the genetics of the Woolly Mammoth. Appearntly there were 2 groups which disappeared in 2 different stages. This is cutting edge exciting and mammoth genetics.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tumor cells

I have not read it yet but it looks like an interesting genetic story

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lung genetics

I have covered a lot of those genetic stories but here is a new one.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Teenager get's help

A teenager with a rare genetic disease has got help in New York.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Eldery dogs

It seems that they are to be given a second chance by offering them genetic enhancements. Now it won't be only the people who are fake.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bear genetics

It seems that a lawsuit does do bizzare things. The US Geological Survey are trying to assertain genetically whether grizzly bears from Yellowstone have any similarities with other bears meaning whether they have bred or not. Very soon the bears will be demanding genetic tests to sue each other.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Genetic crosstalk

Plants can transfrom their genetic material from one to the other.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Public support

It seems that public support genetic testing but the question is how long are the public going to support genetic testing? I ask this as the public can change their mind quickly.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Genetic complication

Too much genetic knowledge could be a good or bad thing. Tanni Grey-Thompson was talking about this on the Wright Stuff yesterday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cancer genetics

I think I may have covered this before but it seems like they have taken the genetic profile of a woman with cancer.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Interesting story

This is an interesting story on genetics but I have not read it fully. Just the headline.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Genetic jigsaw

Indian scientists have helped to solve this genetic jigsaw.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Genetic jail

Some people are going to jail for thieft of genetic data. It is about time that they went to jail. I hope that ther are enough cells in Austrailia unlike Britain.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Genetic opera

There was bound to be a genetic opera sooner or later.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Cancer genetics

This is a very interesting story on cancer genetics.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Suroget genetics

Parents want their genetic data on the birth certificate.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Life extending genetics

It is amazing what they can do and now they are using genetics to extend the shelf life of eggplants.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Lafora group

Lafora is a genetic disease which I have covered a lot in this blog for personal reasons. There is a group for lafora and all are welcome to visit it. You can find more information and support about this rare genetic disorder.

Gene altering

This is a interesting story about genetics and what could happen.

Lung genetics

Here is more on the genetics of lung cancer.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Post-natal genetics

It seems that the most severe from of acute post-natal depression which could lead to suicide may after all be genetic.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ice man genetics

This is a interesting story about a genetic trait no longer found in Europe.